This is a user-friendly monograph designed for medical students as well as graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in medicine and other health-related sciences who need a comprehensive overview of thermoregulation. It presents the bases of the modern concepts in thermal physiology and pathophysiology, bringing together the disciplines encompassed by this highly integrative field - physiology, anatomy, biophysics, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, pathology, medicine, and others - into a clear and concise form that can be read comfortably in a relatively short time. This text was conceived by the Commission on Thermal Physiology of the International Union of Physiological Sciences in response to its concern over the inadequate and outdated coverage of this topic in traditional textbooks. The membership of this Commission comprises international experts in each of the subfields of thermal physiology, with extensive research and teaching experience in their respective specialties. They are the authors of the chapters of this indispendable textbook.
Thermal physiology - brief history and perspectives, A.S. Milton; body temperature, C.M. Blatteis; biophysics of heat exchange between the body and the environment, J. Werner; heat production mechanisms - shivering thermogenesis, L. Jansky; heat production mechanisms - nonshivering thermogenesis, B. Cannon; heat loss mechanisms, T. Morimoto; neural thermoreception and regulation of body temperature, J.A. Boulant; behavioural temperature regulation, M. Cabanac; temperature regulation in exercise - thermal factors, B.N. Johannsen; temperature regulation in exercise - nonthermal factors, H. Kaciuba-Uscilko; body temperature and age - neonates; H.P. Laburn; body temperature and age - elderly, K.E. Cooper; fever, C.M. Blatteis; thermoregulatory consequences of prolonged exposure to thermal extremes - heat, M. Horowitz; thermoregulatory consequences of prolonged exposure to thermal extremes - cold, E. Zeisberger; pathophysiological consequences of exposure to thermal extremes - heat illnesses and hyperthermia, M. Horowitz; pathophysiological consequences of exposure to thermal extremes - cold injuries and hypothermia, J.B. Mercer; temperature regulation in different environments or in special cases, C.M. Blatteis.